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Sunday, 5 April 2020

Sunday Stamps - Geology/Rock - Australia

As geology was one of my subsidiary subjects at University I'm a bit disappointed with what I could find this week. However two rocky spots in Australia came to the rescue in the end.

Australia - 25 August 1978
Australia - 23 August 2002
Broken Bay is a large inlet of the Tasman Sea located about 50 kilometres north of Sydney.

Gariwerd, the land is at the centre of creation stories for many of the Aboriginal communities in south-western Victoria. It is part of the Grampians National Park.

For more rocks and fossils, one of which I have on my desk, just visit the links at Seeitonapostcard.

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Sepia Saturday - Seaside Social Distancing

It has been a long time since I last contributed to Sepia Saturday but obeying Boris's call to stay at home forced me to tidy up my office. In the process I came upon a postcard from the seaside town of Ilfracombe on the North Devon Coast.


No vehicles in sight so these promenaders did not drive to the beauty spot. The bandstand appears to be empty and there is no sign of ice cream stalls.

Whether social distancing was practised in those days it's hard to tell.

The hill obscures the sea I think and that's the closest I can get to matching this week's 


Sunday Stamps - Architecture: Austria

Austria has issued a number of stamps featuring architectural monuments. However I have been unable so far to verify what the monuments are.


Austria - 30 August 1958
Austria - 1 February 1960
Other than that they are in Vienna and Salzburg the designers' names have got me no further - can anyone help?

Sunday Stamps  features more architecture for you to admire.


Sunday, 22 March 2020

Sunday Stamps - Signs of Spring; Great Britain

The snowdrops in our garden have just about finished, miniature daffodils and primulas are in full bloom, bluebells have yet to open. That's why I thought these should be my signs of spring today.


Great Britain - Spring Wild Flowers - 21 May 1979
Left to right:

  • Primroses
  • Daffodils
  • Bluebells
  • Snowdrops
For further signs of spring visit Sunday Stamps and follow the links.

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Sunday Stamps - Celebrations: USA

The USA Celebrate the Century series seemed an ideal place to go this week yet I didn't expect the three stamps I've chosen to relate to years before I was born,


USA - 28 May 1998

But the years celebrated for Babe Ruth were the 1920s, as it was also for The Gatsby Style - 


USA - 28 May 1998
However it is the Tin Lizzie for the 1900s that I think deserves pride of place,


USA - 3 February 1998
The Model T Ford, that 4 cylinder, 20 horsepower car, also earned the title in 1999 of 'The Car of the Twentieth Century'.

To join in other celebrations just follow the links to be found at Sunday Stamps - Celebrate

Sunday, 8 March 2020

Sunday Stamps - Flowers: Germany

I nearly saved the stamps for when blue became a theme.


Germany - 3 January 2011
I confess that I had not heard of a Balloon Flower before.

This one I knew however - 

Blue Gentian
Germany - 7 July 2011
Even if you are feeling blue you will find some other floral offerings by following the links at Sunday Stamps - tulips

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Sunday Stamps - Lions or lambs: India. Iran

They say that March comes in like a lion but goes out like a lamb. All I can say is that this year March came in earlier in February with the very strong winds and there are no lambs about, with the latter rather like my stamps. Even the lions proved a bit sparse too until I found four back to back.



This became the official Emblem of India in 1950. It is a representation of the Capital on the Ashoka Pillar. The Lion Capital of Ashoka itself now resides in an Indian museum; it was carved out of a single block of polished sandstone.

The Capital appears on India's official postage stamps.


India - 1957
I found another design also showing the Capital with detail I hadn't noticed until I scanned this stamp.

India 1967
I'd missed that Refugee Relief completely.

From Iran I found a different lion - 

Iran - 1950 to 1976
This was a postal tax stamp issued to benefit the Red Lion and Sun Society of Iran. The Society was established in 1922 and admitted to the International Red Cross and the Red Crescent Movement in 1923. Because of its association with the late Shah it was replaced with the Red Crescent as in other Muslim countries.

For real lions and hopefully some lambs check out what others have posted by following the links at Sunday Stamps - lion


Sunday, 23 February 2020

Sunday Stamps - Green: USA Canada, San Marino

I can resist posting this link for the colour green from 2016 as it shows the theme of Going Green

I can add to this three further stamps which are green in colour to some extent.


USA - 26 July 1945
Roosevelt and Hyde Park
Canada - 8 March 1979
San Marino - 21 September 1963
This pole vaulter commemorated the Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo in 1964.

For more green related issues follow the links at Sunday Stamps



Sunday, 16 February 2020

Sunday Stamps - watercraft: USA

The US Coast Guard had this stamp, showing their landing craft and a supply boat, issued in 1945 after WWII had finished.


USA - 10 October 1945
During the war the US built thousands of cargo ships to help supply Britain. They were of a simple standard design for the US Merchant Marine and were named Liberty Ships.


USA - 26 February 1946
For other examples of watercraft sail to and follow the links left by others.


Sunday, 9 February 2020

Sunday Stamps - Country: - Brunei, Equatorial Guinea, Irag

What do Brunei, Equatorial Guinea and Iraq have in common?

Well I only have one or two stamps from each and I have never posted any of them before.

My two stamps from Brunei depict the same man - 


Brunei - 1 March 1952
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin III was the 28th Sultan of Brunei. Brunei was a British Protectorate from 1888 to 1984. He was their first Minister of Defence after Brunei's independence. He died in 1986.

I also have two stamps from Equatorial Guinea. The first commemorates the 1972 Olympic Games held in Munich, depicting a diver.

Equatorial Guinea - 17 August 1972
The starling on the second stamp seems much larger tha those we see in our garden most days of the week.

Equatorial Guinea - 12 November 1976
This is from a series of North American birds and Protection of Nature.

The third National Census of Iraq was held in 1965 when the recorded population exceeded 8 million.

Iraq - 29 November 1965
To see what countries others have chosen just visit the links at Sunday Stamps

Sunday, 2 February 2020

Sunday Stamps - science: Denmark, West Germany

As part of my degree course at St Andrews University in the 1950s I had to study Atomic Physics for a term. That's where I first heard of Niels Bohr's Atomic theory.


Denmark - 21 Nov !963
In 1813 Bohr had proposed a theory for the hydrogen atom based on quantum theory that energy is transferred only in well defined quantities. Electrons move round the nucleus in prescribed orbits and when they jump from one orbit to another with lower energy a light quantum is emitted.


These stamps were issued to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his theory. His atomic model depicts a positive charged nucleus surrounded by electrons travelling in circular orbits defined by their energy level.

By the time of this anniversary we had seen the first Russian space flight (1961). Equipment used to track this event had included radio  telescopes.

This one appeared on a German stamp.

West Germany - 15 July 1975
For more science related stamps follow the links at Sunday Stamps - lunar

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Sunday Stamps; Rural, countryside - USA

Found these at the last minute when I ha nearly given up on matching the topic this week. 

Both are self explanatory I think.


USA - 26 August 1959
USA - 18 April 1960
Watershed panorama & farmland
For more rural scenes just visit Sunday Stamps - rural routes.

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Sunday Stamps - Flags from the USA

I have a strip of stamps for Flags of Our Nation issued 6 August 2009 featuring the flags for the States of Kentucky through to Missouri in alphabetical order. Here are 3 of them.



The design of the Maryland flag comes from the yellow and black colours of the paternal arms and the red and white from the maternal side of the Calvert family.

The Massachusetts flag is a blue shield on a white field, The shield depicts an Algonquin Native American with a golden bow in one hand and a golden arrow in the other.

The Michigan flag is the only one I've seen. The shield shows a lake with a golden sun and a man with one hand raised in friendship. An Elk and a Moose support the shield, above which a Bald Eagle grasps an olive branch, with arrows in its talons.

I guess I have found myself a new project now to find out more about these and the rest of the State Flags.

If you are not flagging yet you can see more by following the links at See it on A Postcard

Sunday, 5 January 2020

Sunday Stamps - Lighthouses: Norway

Every year I get Christmas post from Norway, a country in which I once worked for almost 10 years. In the last two years the stamps on the envelopes, first issued in 2015, have shown Norwegian lighthouses.

Norway 5 June 2015 - Kvitsøy

Norway 5 June 2015 - Slåtterøy
Kvitsøy is the oldest octagonal lighthouse in Norway dating from 1829. Slåtterøy dates from 1859.

For further enlightenment visit the links at Sunday Stamps